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|286k||Charles Henry Swasey was born on 21 June 1839 to Albert and Phoebe Homans (Loring) Swasey in Taunton, Massachusetts. Admitted to the Naval Academy from Taunton, Massachusetts,
he was appointed Midshipman on 28 September 1854 at age 15 years and 3 months. Graduating from the Naval Academy in 1859, he served as a midshipman in the steam sloop Hartford.
He was commissioned lieutenant on 31 August 1861. In September 1862 he reported to the steamer USS Tennessee. Lieutenant Swasey served aboard Varuna in the engagement
with the Confederate steamer CSS Governor Moore below New Orleans on 24 April 1862 and as executive officer of USS Sciota on the West Gulf Blockading Squadron.
Lieutenant Swasey was wounded during an engagement with Confederate forces near Donaldsonville, La., on 04 October 1862 and died the same day. His body was laid to rest in the Mount Pleasant
Cemetery in Taunton, Massachusetts.
USS Swasey (DE 248) (1943-1946) was the second ship named in his honor, she was preceeded by Library of Congress)
|1.27m||"THE CATTLE DRIVE" Articles describing the operation that caused Lt. Swasey to lose his life; excerpted from "Lincoln's Trident: The West Gulf Blockading Squadron During the Civil War" by Robert M. Browning Jr. and "A Dog Before a Soldier" by Chuck Veit.|
|675k||"WHO LIES HERE - A lieutenant's family," A news article from The Taunton Daily Gazette, of October 4, 2011, describing Lt. Swaseys' death and final resting place.|
|314k||18 March 1943: Houston, Tex. - Ship's sponsor of the future USS Swasey, Miss Catherine Stokes, at the launching ceremony on Thursday 18 March 1943 at the
Brown Shipbuilding Co. in Houston.|
(U.S. Navy National Archives photo #19-N-48141 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|127k||18 March 1943: Houston, Tex. - Ship's sponsor, Miss Catherine Stokes, accompanied by her matron-of-honor, prepares to christen the future USS Swasey (DE 248).|
(U.S. Navy National Archives photo #19-N-48143 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|418k||18 March 1943: Houston, Tex. - The future USS Swasey is side launched at her christening ceremony at the Brown Shipbuilding yard.|
(U.S. Navy National Archives photo #19-N-48144 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|96k||Undated Wartime Images
(U.S. Navy Photos)
|319k||19 March 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Three views of USS Swasey (DE 248) preparing to anchor in Gravesend Bay, off the Bath Beach section of Brooklyn, New York.
Swasey had been in the New York Navy Yard since 08 March undergoing drydocking and repairs. Departing the Navy Yard at 09:27, she anchored in Gravesend Bay at 11:10 to
onload ammunition. With her onload completed late in the afternoon, she departed at 16:30 to meet with USS Stanton (DE 247) off Montauk Point for exercises before transitting to
Norfolk, Va. the following morning.
(U.S. Navy Photos #19-N-65681, 19-N-65679, and 19-N-65680 from the United States National Archives)
|375k||20 March 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Bow on view of USS Swasey (DE 248) off the New York Navy Yard. In background is USS
Stanton (DE 247).
(U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-65682 from the United States National Archives)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|130k||circa June 1945: Charleston Harbor - USS Swasey (DE 248) off Charleston, South Carolina. Photo received from Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina,
with letter of 05 July 1945.|
(U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-85117 and 19-N-85118 from the United States National Archives)
|371k||02 July 1945: Charleston, S.C. - Four views of USS Swasey (DE 248) approaching and passing under the Cooper River Bridge on her way to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for
refresher training after an extended yard period. She had left the Charleston Navy Yard at 07:32 that morning after spending the month of June undergoing repairs at the Navy Yard. Also in
the yard at the same time was Stanton (DE 247), her sister ship and squadron mate. These two ships seem to have spent their entire careers being scheduled together.
(U.S. Navy National Archives Photos #19-N-85123, 19-N-85122, 19-N-85124, and 19-N-85120 from the United States National Archives)
|View the USS Swasey (DE 248) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Swasey as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Swasey's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 31 Aug. 1943 - 31 May 1944||Lcdr. Hugh M. Godsey, USNR (Gwynn's Island, Va.)|
|2.) 31 May 1944 - 23 Oct. 1945||Lcdr. H. A. White, USNR (Seattle, Wash.)|
|3.) 23 Oct. 1945 - 17 Dec. 1945||Lt. H. T. McDonald, USNR (W. Lafayette, Ind.)|
|4.) 17 Dec. 1945 - 15 Jan. 1946||Lt.(jg) Lawrence L. May, USNR (Shreveport, La.)|
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